The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2019 Symposium.

Registration Open!

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$®
2019 National Professional Development Symposium

Creating a Profession:
Leveraging Investments in Early Childhood Education to Transform the Workforce
April 23-24, 2019 


at Friday Conference Center 
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 

Registration Ends April 5

Hotel Reservations - reduced rates available now!

Last Year's Program  available here

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2018 Plenary Panel featured a panel including Tracy Ehlert, former T.E.A.C.H. recipient, in home early educator and candidate for the Iowa House-District 70; Bweikia Foster Steen, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Early Childhood Programs at Trinity Washington University; and Michele Miller-Cox, former T.E.A.C.H. recipient, SAS Montessori Pre-school teacher and Adjunct Instructor at both Wake Tech Community College and NC A&T, speaking on the topic, Education is a Game Changer.


2018 Symposium Roundup


Opening Keynote Address - Power to the Profession…Looking Toward Compensation
Presented by: Marica Cox Mitchell, Deputy Executive Director, Early Learning Systems, NAEYC

What folks had to say!

  • “The more that can be shared about Power to the Profession, the better. It was presented at a level that helped clarify information for those with some knowledge and those that may have no prior knowledge.”
  • “The presentation reminded me to be engaged more.”
  • “I feel a call to my profession to bring awareness to my community.”


Plenary Panel PresentationEducation as a Game Changer
Two former T.E.A.C.H. recipients as well as a higher education associate professor as they shared their personal thoughts, experiences and knowledge including their educational journeys, how education has changed the children in their care and how T.E.A.C.H. is supporting early educators in their endeavors to succeed in college.

What folks had to say!

  • “It’s always good to hear from the field and former participants. These are the real voices.”
  • “It was important to hear from higher education.”
  • “I liked hearing personal stories as they related to current topics.”


Reception and T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ Displays
Sponsored by:

What folks had to say!

  • “I loved the opportunity to have conversation with others from across the county and to be able to exchange ideas and business cards.”
  • “Great atmosphere and displays really show the work of other states.”

Click here for 2018 Symposium Program


The National T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Professional Development Symposium is held annually in Chapel Hill,
North Carolina. 


Who Should Attend

  • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® staff.
  • Professionals supporting the professional development of the early education workforce, including non-profit organization professionals and higher education faculty.
  • Partners working in or on behalf of early education systems including state and national governmental agency personnel, funders and others working on professional development systems.


Symposium Offerings

  • Workshops and panel presentations addressing
    • Staff development and day to day operations of T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ initiatives
    • Broader issues of professional development, quality improvement systems, higher education, advocacy and public policy for all early childhood professionals
  • Nationally known speakers who address topics timely to the field
  • Networking opportunities with peers from across the country

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2016 Plenary Panel featured a panel including Carol Brunson Day, Brunson, Phillips & Day; Florianna Thompson, Wake Technical Community College; and Dan Haggard, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, in Let’s Talk About it: Issues of Race, Gender and Equity in our Everyday Lives as Early Childhood Professionals.


Previous Symposium Programs


teach-symposium-program-2018-5-11-18-thumbnail   2018

teachsymp_program2017-cover   2017


TEACHsymp_Program2016-cover 2016      

2015_TEACHsymp_Program 2015

2014_TEACHsymp_ProgramV5 2014




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